SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1P525477
Module Leader Margaret Timms
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Media and Journalism
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge


Summary of Content

This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of Teeline Shorthand, an essential core skill for the occupation of journalism, and required both by accrediting bodies such as the NCTJ and most newspaper employers, and broadcasters such as Sky; and recommended by the BBC and BJTC; but also of great professional use in other occupations in which accurate note-taking is vital, such as the Law, Government and Public Administration, and Public Relations. Trimester A will deliver most of the core theory up to approximately 50wpm, and Trimester B will develop the theory further and work on bringing students' speed up to the recognised minimum certified speed levels of 60, 70 or 80wpm. GSBS will continue to use the advancement of GCU Learn as a blended learning tool through its teaching and learning as well as through engagement with students. GSBS will ensure that all modules are GCU Learn enabled and with the support of the Learning Technologists at the cutting edge of development of online materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn to ensure student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is provided within 3 working weeks of submission.


The Teeline Alphabet Writing, Joining, Position of Outlines Additional Characters, Plurals Word Groupings and Distinguishing Outlines Use of Vowels and Vowel Indicators Common news-specific groupings, phrases, terms Word Beginnings, Endings Blended Strokes and Special Outlines The "R" principle Numbers, Currencies, Measurements, Abbreviations Advanced news/journalism word groupings and terms Additional special outlines and short cuts Speed Development using recordings and NCTJ exam scripts / examples An emphasis on importance of achievement of accuracy and neatness through practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:" Demonstrate knowledge of the main features of Teeline shorthand" Demonstrate familiarity with common words, special outlines and word groupings of Teeline shorthand" Communicate the longhand transcriptions of their Teeline shorthand accurately and reliably" Communicate the results of their shorthand work accurately and reliably to an industry-recognised certified speed

Teaching / Learning Strategy

- Daily one hour tutorial class - regular and consistent attendance is essential - Minimum 40 minutes per weekday directed study / practice, using set text, supplied materials, audio recordings, web materials, etc - 6 x 1 hr assessments/ class tests at various speeds and times in AB - Pass at NCTJ professional exam at 60wpm optionally to stand for 100% of Assessment 1 - Passes at NCTJ professional exams at 70 or 80wpm optionally to stand for Assessment 2 on appropriate scaled equivalent marks

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and Articles: Cartwright, Marie (2009), NCTJ Teeline Gold Standard for Journalists, London: Heinemann Tilly, Anne and Smith, Mavis eds. 1992. Teeline Gold Word List, London: Heinemann Educational Online sources: student resources page incl flash cards and audio passages

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: Desire to go on learning Ability to reflect Reliability Integrity Ability to prioritse tasks Time management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 22.00
Independent Learning (FT) 68.00
Practicals (FT) 110.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% class test 50wpm, wks 10-12 tri A, 50wpm
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% class test 80wpm, wks 6-12 Tri B; OR pass at NCTJ minimum of 60wpm